Cloud Bass Alpha

Autumn, 1989…

Carl came to Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music from Coventry, well versed in an eclectic  field of musical disciplines – trombone, conducting and composing, and with a keen interest in Madrigals. Carl had also worked closely with the heavy psychedelic rock band “Dreamgrinder”. In his first year at the RNCM he teamed up with Richard Waldock, Andy Rackham and Steve Wallace to form two bands “Satan Stole Our Lunch Money” and “GFV-Killers From Hell”.

Since first meeting at the official RNCM Halls of Residence, Carl Russell and Ben Heaney instantly recognised a synergy in their creative energy and thinking. The first manifestations of this were in collaborative electronic compositions using simple multi-track technology and analogue electrical signal processing recorded to cassette. One of these works, “The Exquisite Sickness, Devine Debauchery”, was given a performance at one of the RNCM Composer’s concerts and at a composition workshop under the guidance of Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. He instantly recognised what he described as great humour, but also commended it as something with real creative impact, encouraging the two to explore ways of giving this work a more traditional visual form through graphic scoring.

By 1991, the two were living in shared accommodation having gravitated towards other like-minded individuals (Douglas Black and Richard Waldock) and were exploring ideas of establishing an artistic collective under the title of “Thee Akoluthic“. They were also playing in a hard, progressive and experimental rock band called “Malice In Wonderland” …

In 1993 Carl began promoting his arts collective and putting on Akoluthic events crystallising in the “Symphusion Concert” in 1994:

… FURTHER CONTENT TO COME …

Currently, Carl heads up Cloud Bass Alpha and most recently, having advised on mixing and mastering for the debut Luna Geckos album, fittingly both Ben and Carl have recently launched into their next project… watch this space…